No Toddler Left Behind Means More Government-Controlled Children

Kids Sc No Toddler Left Behind Means More Government Controlled Children

“Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road.”  Obama said this in last Tuesday’s State of the Union address, arguing that the federal government should provide preschool education.  Among his multitudinous straw man arguments and big-government strategies, this is just another plan for more government control of our children at the taxpayers’ expense.

While early learning is a benefit to children, this doesn’t mean that earlier formal school will benefit them. Why should we subject toddlers to the same education system that is failing our kindergarten through twelfth graders?   American students are currently at the bottom when it comes to test scores in subjects like math and science.  A quarter of our kids are dropping out of high school, and many of those who do graduate can’t read at grade level.  Despite failing our children, the government’s constant answer is that the schools need more money.  Yet the more money they get, the worse our students do every year. This is just another pitch to gain influence over younger and younger children, continue to erode parental rights, and to gain more jobs for teachers and their unions who vote for big government.

The same problems we see for day-care kids vs. children who are cared for at home will pervade this new proposed school system.  Daycare kids are twelve times more likely to get the flu than those cared for at home.  Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that toddlers in daycare are more insecure, anxious, aggressive, hyperactive, defiant, and disobedient.  What kind of teenagers and adults do they become with this as their foundation?  Just as the constant change in personnel negatively affects daycare children’s sense of trust and security, so will this be the case for younger children going through government-run public school systems.

Licensed and “trained professionals” are already forming the value systems of our children as they have them for thousands of hours away from their parents’ care.  Obama will put children who are at a critical and vulnerable stage in their psychological and behavioral development under the care of people who are not accountable for any mistakes or false teaching.  It will not help children, poor or otherwise.  What it will do is create a division in the authority figures in children’s lives.

Estimates are that this will cost taxpayers $98 billion over ten years.  Families who are already struggling will bear the burden of even more money taken out of their pockets to be used not only to indoctrinate their children, but also to undermine their parental guidance and authority.

What really sets children up for success at every stage of development is a strong nuclear family unit, not government-run education.  But strong families are less likely to teach their children victimhood and government dependence.  That’s a problem for an administration that wants ever more government control over the lives of Americans.

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Mexicans Who Happen to be Living in America Demand Racial-Grievance Studies

Don Feder, GrassTopsUSA.com

Multiculturalism, which used to be merely noxious, has become a raging infection which poses as much of a threat to America as the national debt or terrorism — before Osama assumed room temperature.

Recently, a gang of ethnocentric thugs took over a meeting of the governing board of the Tucson, Arizona, Unified School District, chaining themselves to desks, screaming slogans, and chasing board members from the room.

They were enraged by an attempt to make a course that teaches history “from a Mexican-American perspective” optional instead of a substitute for a required course in U.S. history.

The Mexican American Studies Program incites approximately 1,700 middle-and high-school students in the district annually.

After an investigation, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne determined that the basic theme of the curriculum (AKA: Raza — “the race” — Studies) is that Hispanic students “were and continue to be victims of a racist American society driven by the interests of middle- and upper-class whites.”

Classrooms in which this pedagogy is perpetrated are decorated with pictures of such Latino “heroes” as Castro and Che Guevara.

Textbooks refer to citizens of this country as “Anglos” or “Euroamericans” (rather than Americans) and include such gems as an essay by one Robert Jensen, which claims Thanksgiving is a “white supremacist holiday” that should be replaced by a “National Day of Atonement” for gringo sins against people of color.

The introductory chapter promises: “We will see how half of Mexico (California, Texas and the Southwest) was ripped off by trickery and violence. We will see how Chicanos became a colonized people. In the process of being colonized, we were robbed of land and other resources.” The nerve of those Texans, tricking Santa Anna into attacking the Alamo and killing its defenders to the last man.

In violation of a recently enacted Arizona law, the curriculum promotes the overthrow of the United States government and “resentment toward a race or class of people,” is “designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group” and advocates “ethnic solidarity instead of treatment of pupils as individuals.”

The multiculturalist assault on America is multifaceted.

In 2010, on Cinco de Mayo (which celebrates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French – big whoopee), a group of patriotic students at the Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California, were sent home for wearing American-flag t-shirts. Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez is said to have….

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Sex Change You Can Believe In! Obama Enacts Transgender Policies by Executive Fiat

Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com

HUD's new ad campaign promoting transgender rights.

Call it sex-change you can believe in. This author reported Tuesday that Barack Obama had held the first-ever White House transgender conference last Friday. The People’s House conducted this proud meeting in such complete secrecy that we know the identity of only one attendee, Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), a group lobbying for “a comprehensive civil rights bill that protects people from discrimination based on gender identity.” The measure, which would forbid private individuals from refusing to do business with or rent a home to a cross-dresser, is but one of many extremist policies that earned NCTE a meeting with White House brass. The U.S. Civil Rights Commission is now planning to “hold its first-ever hearing to specifically address the civil rights of LGBT people.” Despite these “firsts,” the Obama administration has already advanced transgender interest groups through a series of executive fiats. If you don’t believe me, believe The Huffington Post. It remarked that a recent housing proposal “marks the latest in a string of Obama administration attempts to enhance gay rights through federal regulation.” Some of the administration’s actions literally redefine the government’s definition of the family, stifle any opposition to gender confusion, and encourage schoolchildren to think of transgender practices as normal and mainstream (or else).

The First Transgender Appointee?

Last January, Obama named Amanda Simpson the Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department. Simpson, who served as a test pilot and longtime employee of Raytheon before becoming a “woman,” sits on NCTE’s board of directors. The move was thought to be the first-ever transgender presidential appointment.

During his budget showdown with John Boehner, Obama (and Boehner) managed to see that LGBT programs escaped deep budget cuts. Aside from these two matters, Obama has chosen to act through federal regulation, having government agencies write new rules without sullying his own hands. His administration has proven indefatigable in pursuing transgender concerns.

Thoughtcrime, Obama-Style

Last Thursday, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis (an Open Borders advocate) issued the department’s new harassment policy, which applies not only to the department but to all its “contractors at every level.” It bans….

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